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CD/DVD ROM Drive Not Working

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Hi guys, 

I'm wondering if anyone can offer some help. I've tried everything and nothing works !

Basically, my CD/DVD ROM drive just isn't working at all. I recently wiped my computer, resetting it to factory settings. Ever since, DVD's will play in it but no other discs will. I've tried blank discs, software such as microsoft office and games. The disc makes some noise and the light flashes, but nothing after that. When I go into My Computer, the CD/DVD ROM icon has not changed, if I click it then the disc tray ejects and a message comes up stating that the drive is empty please insert a disc.


I've tried going into device management, uninstalling the drive and rebooting to reinstall. I've tried downloading Driver updates, I've tried diagnostic scans... any help would be great guys thanks.


p.s its a Dell Inspiron 1545 Vista, about 18 months old

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  • it's possible that the laser for the CD portion had died



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  • weejamiebee,


    See if the fixit tool works.

    Your CD drive or DVD drive is missing or is not recognized by Windows or other programs





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